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Amazon MP3 Downloader and iTunes

 | February 4, 2011 10:56 AM

I started getting MP3’s from Amazon because they occasionally have promotions that allow you to download a few for free.

Amazon MP3 DownloaderThe Amazon MP3 Downloader conveniently automatically adds downloaded MP3’s to iTunes.  After the MP3 is downloaded (typically in the Music/Amazon MP3 folder) a copy is made in the iTunes/iTunes Media/Music folder.

What is strange is that though the copy is the same size it is a different binary.  I posted a question about this on Apple’s discussion site.

Also I noticed that iTunes has some music under its iTunes Music folder and some under its iTunes Media/Music folder.  This is because iTunes 9 and later began using the iTunes Media/Music folder instead.

iTunes Folders

I decided I wanted everything under one folder so I used iTunes consolidate feature.

I then deleted the old iTunes Music folder after making sure everything was copied.  I did notice that some of the copies were slightly different sizes.

Another unproductive way to spend a Sunday morning. Smile


Get iTunes Songs From Amazon

 | April 30, 2009 12:37 PM

Another tip from Mac Tricks And Tips.

The app is called Advantageous MP3, its a small iTunes script and application working in conjunction with the iTunes Store. Every time you search for a song on iTunes and go to the specific product page you can then you Advantageous to quickly send you to the Amazon Store. The script runs from the script menu (Duh!), once as you click it, it will take a couple of seconds for it to find the correct URL and open Amazon in your web browser where you can then download the MP3 for a lot less.

Get iTunes Songs From Amazon | Mac Tricks And Tips.


Today I downloaded more free audiobooks from Audible.com as well as another one from Christianaudio.com.  I realized though I rarely listen to my iPod.  Fortunately there is a way to burn audiobooks to CD.  iTunes: How to Create CDs From Audible Content and How do I burn my Audible content in iTunes using a Mac computer?


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

I got for free the audio book 7 Highly Habits of Effective People from Audible.com.  I was planning on listening to it on my iPod Touch whenever I strolled the kids.  However what kept happening was whenever I plugged in my iPod the sync process would complain that I am not authorized and erase the audible book from my iPod.  Then I would authorize manually in iTunes, sync again, and copy the audible book over.

Frustrated with this process I searched and found this page, Audible Re-Authorization, which pointed me to Audible’s own help page, Why am I prompted to activate my Audible account for iTunes on a Mac every time I open iTunes and attempt to play one of my Audible titles?

I then went through this process so that I would no longer have to authorize for Audible on iTunes.

  1. Logged into my Administrator account.
  2. Changed iTunes to use the same library as the regular users.  Note I kept getting messages that the files were locked.  I tried giving the Administrator read and write permission for the iTunes folder but that did not work.  Then I made the files world readable to fix it.
    $ chmod -R o+w iTunes/
  3. Went into my Audible account on the Audible site and then downloaded the free sample audiobook.  This caused iTunes to ask me to authorize.
  4. Logged back into my regular user account and saw that iTunes no longer prompted me to authorize for Audible content.

Half Ratings In iTunes

 | January 13, 2009 9:02 AM


Using this tip from Mac Tricks and Tips I was able to turn on half star ratings in iTunes.  Now I was able to give God In This City 4.5 stars. 🙂

To access this setting close iTunes and open Terminal. Inside it copy and paste or type the following.

defaults write com.apple.iTunes allow-half-stars -bool TRUE

Set Half Ratings In iTunes | Mac Tricks And Tips